I know ice cream season is largely over, but I’ve continued experimenting with ice cream flavors and see no need to stop. I have been trying various savory ingredients to make my ice cream, and they have come out really nice. I first made avocado ice cream and then moved on to sweet corn. Both were very tasty and the savory flavors at first seemed a bit odd, but they quickly grew on me.
Recently, I purchased The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz, which is really a wonderful reference. The book covers ice creams and sorbets among other delights, but it really does a good job of inspiring ice cream making. I like to make my own ice cream for my child and even though the avocado flavor wasn’t a hit with her, the peanut butter ice cream is sure to be. I love it, and this is coming from a person who hates peanut butter. Yes, I have hated peanut butter since childhood and have never even had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
Lebovitz notes in his book that the peanut butter ice cream is so easy that kids can mostly put it together on their own without the help of parents. The ingredients are simply 3/4 cup of smooth peanut butter, 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons of sugar, 2 2/3 cups half-and-half, a pinch of salt, and 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract. Just puree everything together, chill for an hour, and then freeze in your favorite ice cream maker.
I can’t imagine that a kid would not like this ice cream (unless they have allergies of course), but there are many other interesting recipes to choose from in the book too. How about pear-pecorino, basil, or even goat cheese ice cream? And I think I might even try sweet potato ice cream for Thanksgiving. This book makes ice cream fun, and I definitely recommend it. The book will run you about $13 at Amazon.